After taking in the 71st Chandler Rotary Invitational on Friday and Saturday there is a lot to highlight. The biggest statement came from, who else, the Chandler High girls team. The Wolves scored 185 points in a meet that featured athletes from 109 teams. Granted, some teams didn't have athletes competing on Saturday, but it's doubtful that number would have dropped if everyone was competing.
In fact, the Wolves should have scored 200 points. If Jasmine Todd had not tweaked her hamstring in the finals of the 100, she would have been able to jump in the finals of the long jump, an event she would likely win. Also, Ky Westbrook had a "freshman moment" in the 200 prelims (a false start), an event she had the top time in coming into the meet.
While the Chandler girls were scoring more points than the next five teams combined (Hamilton was second with 41.5), the Chandler boys had to settle for a more modest victory. The Wolves scored 65 points, while runner-up Hamilton had 43.
There was one new state record set in the meet, by Todd in the triple jump. The Chandler junior won with a leap of 41 feet, 5 inches, well ahead of the old record of 40-11 set by Tucson Sahuaro's Nina Henson in 2002. Todd's jump is also the top jump in the nation so far this season, according to track and field website DyeStat.com. Not surprisingly, Todd was named the meet's outstanding field event performer for the girls.
Todd also posted a personal best in the 100. She ran a non wind-aided 11.80 in the prelims to move to fourth on the DyeStat national charts. In the finals, with a tail wind, Todd ran 11.73. Westbrook was second to Todd in 11.80, but her 11.94 in the prelims is good enough for 7th in the national rankings. Another Chandler freshman, Tope Williams was third in the 100 and went on to win the 200 in 25.11, the best time in Arizona this season.
If Todd had not won the outstanding performer award, there's no doubt it would have gone to teammate Hannah Carson. The Texas Tech-bound Carson continued to display a rare set of track skills.
Carson started her day off competing in the shot put and high jump simultaneously. After clearing 5-2 in the high jump, Carson had to go finish up the shot put. She wound up winning with a personal-best throw of 45-6. When she returned to the high jump, the bar had already been raised to 5-6. Chandler coach Eric Richardson said when Carson came back to find the bar had gone up four inches, she asked him what she should do. "I told her to just make it," Richards said. Carson did just that, and went on to clear 5-7 and then 5-8, another personal best.
She finished her day with a modest throw (by her standards) of 138-1 to win the discus.
All told, Carson is currently ranked in the top five nationally in four events. She is 2nd in the discus (with a season best of 151-10), third in the javelin (157-6), fifth in the high jump (5-8) and fifth in the shot put (45-6). Her discus and shot put marks are also fourth all-time in Arizona.
More notes from the Chandler Rotary Invitational:
Desert Vista senior Edmond Baker had a special afternoon, leaping into the national charts in the high jump when he cleared 6-10. Baker, who came in with a personal best of 6-6, was named the outstanding field event performer. His jump would put him in a tie for fourth in the.
Westwood's Cameron Taylor made his season invitational debut with a lightning-fast 13.98 in the prelims of the 110-meter high hurdles. Taylor was brought along slowly due to an Achilles injury and after his 14.00 in the finals, went down in pain, but was able to get up and walk off the track and appeared to be sore, but not seriously injured.
Chandler sophomore Sherelle Jordan won the 100 meter hurdles in 14.19, but the time was wind-aided. Her time of 14.35 in the prelims is ranked 5th on Dyestat.com.
Chandler junior Paul Perkins won the 300-intermediate hurdles in 38.07, which is good for 9th on the DyeStat charts. Second-place finisher Michael Ingrassia of Desert Vista finished in 38.55 and is 17th in the rankings.
Chaparral's Devonte Neal moved to the No. 5 spot in the DyeStat rankings with his time of 21.48 in the finals of the 200. He was second behind Deer Valley's Trae Armstrong, who is third at 21.44. Neal and Mountain View's Carter Brown tied for second behind Armstrong (10.66) in the finals of the 100 with identical times of 10.80 (29th on the DyeStat charts).
Hamilton's Just'N Thymes showed some star potential, he won the long jump with a state-leading 23-feet, 2-inch jump and ran the 10th-ranked time in U.S. in the 200, placing third at 21.67. He also placed fourth in the 100 with a time of 10.88.
Desert Vista's Yasmine Yacut moved into fourth in the national rankings in the 800 with her 2:14.19, right behind the meet's outstanding girls track performer Ashley Kealamakia of Liberty, who won in 2:13.78.
Mountain View's Lindsey Pew vaulted into the national rankings at 14th with her 12-1 clearance to win.